BT Sport pundit Stephen Craigan has hit out at Celtic for the timing of the announcement of their re-capture of Fraser Forster.
The English goalkeeper rejoined the club on loan from Southampton last Thursday, with the club making the announcement during the first-half of the victory over AIK.
Forster was soon paraded in front of the Celtic Park faithful at half-time in the fixture and Craigan reckons that may have done some damage to Craig Gordon – the man between the sticks that night.
Gordon was then dropped for Sunday’s victory over Hearts with Forster taking his place.
“How does Craig Gordon feel?” Craigan asked on BT Sport’s “SPFL Live” on Periscope. (25th August)
“On Thursday night, he’s playing in a European game and his replacement is being announced at half-time. I understand all the logic, but he must have been thinking ‘come on here’.
“His disappointment of getting back into the side, he understands that Neil’s probably looking for a new goalkeeper, but as an individual, it must have hurt him a little bit.”
Celtic will have had their reasons for Forster announcement
It’s easy to understand Craigan’s logic, but also where Celtic were coming from. The club were clearly keen to get Forster in front of his adoring supporters on Thursday night. That’s probably the main reason for the transfer being announced when it was.
Gordon is unlikely to have been affected by the news either. Well he wasn’t. The 36-year-old is one of the most experienced players at the club and he would have been able to put the thoughts to the back of the mind as he helped the club to a first clean sheet in several matches.
Forster playing on Sunday is also a bit of an anomaly. With Scott Bain currently injured, Gordon was the only experienced keeper registered for Celtic in Europe. Had he played against Hearts and picked up an injury then we would have been without all three of our top keepers for this week’s return leg in Sweden.
Lennon was simply playing it safe against Hearts. The big moment of truth will come at Ibrox on Sunday.